Treasure Island

George Herbert

(3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633 / Montgomery, Wales)

Quotations

  • ''A servant with this clause
    Makes drudgery divine:
    Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
    Makes that and th' action fine.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). The Elixir, st. 5, The Temple (1633).
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  • ''A man that looks on glass,
    On it may stay his eye;
    Or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
    And then the heaven espy.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). The Elixir, The Temple (1633).
  • ''These are thy wonders, Lord of love,
    To make us see we are but flowers that glide.
    Which when we once can finde and prove,
    Thou hast a garden for us where to bide.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Flower (l. 43-46). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''These are thy wonders, Lord of power,
    Killing and quickning, bringing down to hell
    And up to heaven in an houre;
    Making a chiming of a passing-bell.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Flower (l. 15-18). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''Who would have thought my shrivelled heart
    Could have recovered greenness?''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). The Flower, st. 2, The Temple (1633).
  • ''Thy word is all, if we could spell.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Flower (l. 21). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''Lovely enchanting language, sugar-cane,
    Honey of roses, wither wilt thou fly?''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Forerunners (l. 19-20). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''True beauty dwells on high: ours is a flame
    But borrowed thence to light us thither.
    Beauty and beauteous words should go together.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Forerunners (l. 28-30). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''Go, birds of spring: let winter have his fee;
    Let a bleak paleness chalk the door,
    So all within be livelier than before.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Forerunners (l. 34-36). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
  • ''The harbingers are come. See, see their mark:
    White is their color, and behold my head.
    But must they have my brain? Must they dispark
    Those sparkling notions, which therein were bred?
    Must dullness turn me to a clod?
    Yet have they left me, Thou art still my God.''
    George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. The Forerunners (l. 1-6). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.

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Good Friday

O my chief good,
How shall I measure out thy blood?
How shall I count what thee befell,
And each grief tell?

Shall I thy woes
Number according to thy foes?
Or, since one star show'd thy first breath,
Shall all thy death?

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